The Growth in Engineering & how it affects our everyday lives

The Growth in Engineering & how it affects our everyday lives

Engineering has certainly had its hard times and it’s the UK economy that takes the brunt of those hard times as and when they occur. However there is light at the end of the tunnel, here at Orion Electrotech we have seen first-hand the increase in orders and growth of UK companies and it is a fantastic time for engineering companies on British soil. We have seen a vast increase in permanent and contract placements and the media fail to let us know about the good times, so I thought it time to let you know that doom and gloom and the dreaded word “recession” are things to leave behind us, time to look forward and pat those companies on the back for coming out the other side stronger and wiser. Now we have entered October and we can look back on the past 3 quarters of placed engineers at Orion and wanted to compare those numbers with the first 3 quarters of the past 2 years to see really how many more people have found work in Engineering through Orion in that time. We were already optimistic that the increase would be significant but I was blown away by the numbers.

In 2013 Orion Electrotech placed a total of 155 engineers in the first 3 quarters of the year; this is broken down in the following: Q1 – 50 placements, Q2 – 34 placements and Q3 71 placements. In 2014 there was an increase of 76% on the total number of placements from the previous year over those first 3 quarters. In 2014 Q1 we placed 87 engineers, Q2 77 placements and Q3 109. Then we move on to the present and 2015 has followed suit with more fantastic growth from engineering companies here in the UK seeking more and more staff to cope with the increase in demand. In 2015 there was an increase of 162% on 2013 and a growth of 49% on 2014! Here are those quarters broken down for you: Q1 131 placements, Q2 133 placements and Q3 143 placements and it is not looking likely to slow down either!  growth in engineering

Looking at those numbers was a real eye opener to us and we wanted to then see what else we take for granted that comes from this industry. Everything you do day to day has evolved immensely over the past few decades from the internet and mobile phones all the way to hair straighteners and everything in between.

We decided to think what product is currently in the market today because of engineering that we take for granted and don’t stop to think about how much it affects our everyday lives. Lots of things crossed my mind from ladies having to walk around wearing hair curlers for 24 hours to nowadays having heated rollers doing the job in just 20 minutes. To wearing small digital bracelets that give you instant fitness readings including your heart rate, how many calories you have burned and even how many steps you made that day.

We have, however chosen the ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Invented by John Shephed Barron, with the first ATM first being introduced by Barclays bank in June 1967 at their Enfield branch. In the last 2-3 years we have gone from an ATM not just giving us money from a hole in the wall, but to digital ATM’s which our local banks and building societies are using, we can now deposit money, pay bills, transfer money and even top up a mobile phone. Even though some of these aspects have been used for some time it’s only the last couple of years that they are being utilised.

Something you might not know is how much technology goes into one of these ATM machines typically the following will be found:

  • CPU (to control the user interface and transaction devices)
  • Magnetic or chip card reader (to identify the customer)
  • PIN pad EEP4 (similar in layout to a touch tone or calculator keypad), manufactured as part of a secure enclosure
  • Secure crypto processor, generally within a secure enclosure
  • Display (used by the customer for performing the transaction)
  • Function key buttons (usually close to the display) or a touchscreen (used to select the various aspects of the transaction)
  • Record printer (to provide the customer with a record of the transaction)
  • Housing (for aesthetics and to attach signage to)
  • Sensors and indicators

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So to break that down in terms of how that also affects the UK to make an ATM the company will recruit for: mechanical assemblers, electrical and electronic assemblers, development technicians, IT technicians, design engineers, stores personnel, support engineers and field service engineers amongst others.

The last thought I had about how Engineering has changed our lives, I thought about what areas make the biggest advancements in technology, this was tough as there is a number of industries that are making incredible leaps forward, however I opted to take one giant leap for mankind and look into seeing how space technology affects our day to day lives. One thing in particular that we all now use is satellite. The development of satellite has aided our life on Earth greatly from those used for transmitting TV and telephone signals and satellite navigation systems (such as those used in cars and aeroplanes) to satellites that orbit our planet allowing us to not only take a closer look at its features but giving us an insight to how best to take care of it. Satellites have allowed us to study oceans, the atmosphere, clouds, weather, rainforests, deserts, cities, ice sheets and just about everything else on and even within our planet.growth in engineering 2

Britain’s space industry has more than doubled its turnover over the past decade to £11.8bn a year and is “punching above its weight” in the international marketplace.

“The space industry is largely misunderstood by the public,” said Andy Green, co-chair of Britain’s Space Leadership Council. “The future for Britain’s space industry is not about huge fireworks that cost tons of money to send into space.”

“We’re looking at smaller, cheaper investments that will provide returns. That’s why we’re so encouraged about the government supporting a British spaceport. That’s basically just a very long runway but it means we can use aircraft to launch smaller satellites at a much lower cost than rockets.”

As well as direct financial benefits from the space, the research and development in the sector also provides technology and economic “spillover” according to Steve Smart, chairman of trade association UKspace.

Technology benefits from this include metals developed for space vehicles that have been used in medical applications and satellite scanning systems that have found uses in security scanners at airports.

Mr Smart added: “The economic benefits to adjacent sectors are very important to the business case. Our infrastructure can be made much more efficient by monitoring roads, rail ways and ships from space so we can better utilise the capacity.”

“It’s the application of the data which Britain does very well,” said Mr Smart who is also vice-president of space, defence and natural security at IT group CGI. “Britain is punching above its weight in the global market. Especially within the areas of innovation and applications. We may be small but we have some great ideas, especially about how to use space technology.”

I hope that after reviewing this post you are now feeling a little more optimistic about the current Growth within Engineering in the UK.

Thanks for reading.

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